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Reform of the Planning System and Transfer of Planning Functions - 1st April 2015

Local Government Reform

As part of local government reform the bulk of planning functions no longer rests with the Department. Instead these powers have been devolved to 11 new councils on 1st April 2015 which, through their elected representatives, are responsible and accountable for most planning decisions.  The transfer of most planning functions to new district councils does not just involve the redistribution of functions but includes the creation of a new planning system for Northern Ireland: requiring new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all those involved in the planning process.
Further information on local government reform can be obtained from the following websites:

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